FPS trustees vote for custodial privatization, tentative transportation agreement

Source: Sherri Kolade, C and G News, May 9, 2016

Farmington Public Schools trustees voted 5-1 to outsource their custodial staff for a projected savings of $1.4 million annually, according to a school letter sent out to community members. They also voted to approve a tentative agreement with transportation union members on health care provisions 5-1 — if all bargaining units don’t agree on the terms, school officials will discuss the next step at the following school board meeting. … During a Jan. 26 school board meeting, the trustees unanimously voted to receive requests for proposals from privatized transportation and custodial service companies. FPS officials have had discussions with both bargaining units, the Custodial/Maintenance/Cafeteria Association and the Farmington Transportation Association, about the decision to potentially subcontract since then. Lori Tunick, executive director of the Farmington Michigan Education Association, which oversees the transportation and custodial service unions in FPS, said there are about 65 custodians and roughly 70 bus drivers. …